Monday, February 20, 2012

Day 2

The kids were pretty pumped for day 2 of skiing.  Now they knew what to expect and kind of had their "ski legs" so to speak, and every body was feeling more comfortable.  Emerson was going to attend all day ski school and Tyson was going to spend the day practicing what he learned by skiing with Paul and I.

Em did so well at ski school on day 2.  She actually got it!

She's mastering the "pizza"

going down by herself, that's her in the hot pink

Go Buddy, Go!!!

Nothing warms you up after a long day on the slopes like some hot chocolate down at the LiftHouse Bar and Grill.

Day 2 was a HUGE success and LOTS of fun.  Both of the kids did great and seemed  to really enjoy skiing.  Tyson proved to be a better skier than me.  I couldn't be more proud.  Em really caught on too and they both can't wait to go again.

A few videos.....

Today we ski!!!

After a long drive we arrived in Red River around 4:30 on Tuesday.  First stop was the ski rental shop so the guys could "avoid tomorrows crowds" and rent their gear.  Notice I said "guys," somehow the ladies didn't get to rent our stuff till the next day.  Apprently we "like" crowds, especially with 5 kids in tow.

Next stop was the house for some down time and dinner.  Tomorrow was going to be an early morning.  There was snow in the forecast for the night so we had been racing to get there and get checked in before the snow arrived.

This was the view the next morning from our back door.  The kids could not have been more excited.  It was all we could do to get them to eat breakfast and get dressed before they headed out in to the snow.

My poor little pumpkin, she could not handle the glare.  It was so bright and if she was outside she wanted her goggles on.  *** Take away for next time--- bring her sunglasses.

It was hard to get the kids in the car to go skiing, they were so happy to just be playing in the white stuff.

Now it was time to meet the guys at the base of the mountian for some skiing.

Heading for "instruction time" at ski school

learning to master the "magic carpet"

Everybody heading out. (that's Tyson in the orange)

We spent a little time with the kids before they started ski school.  We thought it would be good for them to sort of get acclamated to the skis and boots before school.  WRONG!
Poor Paul, not only did he have to help me get acclamated to my skis he had to help two kiddos learn to stand in their skis.  **Take away for next time--- enroll in ski school immediately.
The kids absolutely loved ski school.  The instructors were so knowledgable and were able to teach them how to put on their skis, take off and walk in them let alone actually learn to ski.  They were fabulous!

Looking forward to Day 2!

"My Valentine's Day gift to you is 9 and a half hours in the car with our lovely kiddos," stated by my wonderful husband.

Red River here we come!!!!

Valentine's Snow

We finally got our first and maybe only snow of the season.  Unfortunately it didn't last long.  The kids weren't too disappointed considering we were leaving for New Mexico the next day and we promised them LOTS of snow.

It was also Valentine's class parties for both.

Ready to perform....

She loved going through all of her Valentine loot.

How cute are these three?

Now it's time to run down the hall and get to a a second grade V-day party.
Tyson and his buddies think they're too cool for Valentine crafts.

Two parties down........ time to pack up the truck and get ready for our ski vacation. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Will you be my Valentine?

Em and I decided to "make" the Valentines for her class this year.  Since I wanted Emerson to actually sign each one we started early on account that it might take her a while to write Emerson 20 times.

We made butterflies with Tootsie Roll Pops and some "googly eyes."

All done and ready to pass out on Monday!

"It's like Thanksgiving!"

That was the exact phrase that came out of my son's mouth as I was preparing the snacks to take over to our neighborhood Super Bowl party last Sunday.

It was our usual crowd plus a few extra.....about 20 people.  However, there was enough delicious food to feed another 20!

This was the main food table before Adam got here with his platters of meat from the grill.

 And of course there was Sangria!  For some reason I am always in charge of the cocktials at these gatherings.

While I couldn't tell you who won or by how much I can tell you that I loved the performance by Blake and Miranda, Madonna put on a pretty good show at age 54 and the Honda CRV Ferris Bueller commerical rocked!  And we had a great time celebrating with our friends!